Whether you’re at a music festival, backyard BBQ, or just hanging out with friends at a park, hooping is a great way to express your creativity and let yourself be free. Read on to learn how to make your own hoop using items commonly found at crafting and hardware stores!
- Plastic Tubing – We used a 1/2″ Pex Pipe (PE) from a local hardware store. The most commonly used tubing includes: PE (polyethylene) which is best for beginners, HDPE (high density polyethylene) which is slightly more rigid, and Polypro (polypropylene) which is fast and springy.
- Coupling – This can be found at most hardware stores, just make sure it’s the right size! Note: If you’re using HDPE or Polypro, you’ll need tubing that is 1/8″ smaller than the size you selected and two rivets to connect the ends.
- Tape – We used duck tape and a sparkly crafting tape, but electrical and gaffer tape are other great options. Check out your local crafting store and pick out whatever catches your eye!
- Hand/Table Saw, or Box Cutter – Use this to cut your tubing.
Begin by selecting the circumference of your hoop. Smaller hoops are better for tricks, while larger hoops are typically used for regular around-the-waist hooping. Cut your tubing and secure the ends with your coupling.
Cut a piece of tape that is a couple inches long and use that to add an extra layer attaching the two ends to the coupling. Then, begin to wrap your tape, at an angle, around your hoop.
Be sure to keep the tape tight and taught as you wrap it around your hoop. This will help it last longer and keep it from peeling off while you’re hooping.
If you’re using narrower tape, you can wrap it with a bit of space between each layer and add on a second layer of different colored tape to fill the spaces. Since we used wider duck tape, we added a second layer of glittery tape right on top.
Last but not least, head outside and have some fun! There are plenty of hooping tutorials on Youtube if you’re into learning new tips, tricks, and flows. If that’s not your thing, just throw on some of your fave hooping tunes, and let your freak flag fly!
Complete the look with festi accessories, jewelry, and funky eco-friendly clothes so that you can hoop all day!